The real version of VAWA will be brought to the Senate floor as early as tomorrow. There will be an attempt to amend the bill in ways that will harm victims and create more bureaucracy.
The amendments would:
S. 1925 was carefully crafted with new provisions and refinements based on interviews with more than 2,000 law enforcement, court, prosecution, legal services, and victim services professionals from across the country. Their message was clear: “We can’t afford to turn anyone away. Please give us the resources and tools to make sure that we can serve any victim who comes to our doors.”
The Grassley-Hutchinson language was drafted without input or consultation from the thousands of professionals engaged in this work every day. Their language includes damaging and unworkable provisions that will harm victims, cost money, and create new bureaucracies and unnecessary inefficiencies that would divert precious dollars from services.
ACTION: Please call Senator Kohl and ask him to oppose any amendments to s. 1925 at (202) 224-5653.
Thank you for all of your time and important work.